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Revolution (1985)

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »

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New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur. Written by William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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The war that won a nation its freedom, a young woman her destiny, a young man his independence, and a father his son's love. See more »


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25 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,755 (USA) (29 December 1985)

Gross:

$358,574 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Al Pacino's final film for four years until Sea of Love (1989). Reportedly, Pacino took the hiatus due to the big flop the film was. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Dobbs (Al Pacino) joins the army, he is greeted with "welcome to the United States Army". The army was actually known as the Continental Army at that time as Washington and his revolutionaries had no way of knowing that Canada would fail to be won in the War Of Independence. See more »

Quotes

Offscreen Revolutionary: Get out of here, you Negro!
Offscreen Slave: We want freedom too!
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Connections

Referenced in QI: Food (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Drummer Boy Lament
(uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Arranged by Harry Rabinowitz
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Very Effective and Entertaining Film
31 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has consistantly been trashed by numerous professional and amateur reviewers alike. Even Leonard Maltin, my personal favorite movie guy, rated it a "BOMB". I can`t understand why. Although it isn`t a perfect film endeavor, it does tell a story that`s never been told before...but obviously in a manner that many found extremely annoying at best. Aside from New York and L.A. movie houses, I don`t believe this film was released nationally at any time. Personally, I thought it was a very different type of movie, but effective and entertaining in a strange way. It gave me a feel for the time period, including an appealing atmospheric identity. Being an ex-NewYorker and exposed to the famous Revolutionary battlefields, that still exist throughout the metro area, I felt an aura of actually being present in that time period, with events occuring on both surrealistic and realistic levels. Al Pacino is a born/raised New Yorker and I believe captured the essence of his character very well. Pacino gave a solid portrayal of an 18th. century individual caught up in a violent period of American history. This movie has been unfairly criticized and overly maligned in my humble opinion. A unique film deserving of more praise then it has been awarded. See it for yourself.

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